While waiting to find out whether there will be more talks with Josh Hamilton, the Texas Rangers neared agreement with reliever Joakim Soria and reached a deal to keep catcher Geovany Soto.
Soria, a two-time All-Star, is recovering from elbow ligament-replacement surgery on April 3. The 28-year-old right-hander also had the ligament replaced in 2003.
''We're very close to a deal with the Texas Rangers,'' agent Oscar Suarez said Monday.
Texas general manager Jon Daniels wouldn't confirm an agreement and wouldn't even say whether medical reports suggest Soria will recover by May or the All-Star game.
''I'm not going to comment on him at this time,'' Daniels said. ''I've got to protect the organization.''
On the day starting catcher Mike Napoli agreed to a $39 million, three-year contract with Boston, a deal subject to a physical, Texas retained Soto for a $2.75 million, one-year agreement. He can earn an additional $250,000 in performance bonuses.
Soto, who turns 30 next month, ...